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Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:30 PM
Thursday, February 1, 2018 7:30 PM
Friday, February 2, 2018 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 3, 2018 8:00 PM // Arthur Miller Theatre

They, Themself, and Schmerm

Part classic standup comedy special, part teen zine vomit confessional, They, Themself and Schmerm is Becca Blackwell’s disturbingly hilarious personal tale of being adopted into a Midwestern religious family, trained to be a girl, molested, and plagued by the question “How do I become a man, and do I even want that?”

This performance is part of No Safety Net. Get the No Safety Net pass now for $120. Individual tickets and student tickets will go on sale to the general public on September 25.

Inspired by a self-produced video by the late actor Corey Haim called Me, Myself and I, Becca engages in loving confrontation with the audience, detailing the tragic-comic transitions in life, family, sex, and gender while asking what it truly means to be authentic.

A New York-based trans actor, performer, and writer, Becca exists between genders and prefers the personal pronoun “they.” They performed with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company in Untitled Feminist Show and work collaboratively with playwrights and directors to expand our sense of personhood and the body through performance. “The audience emerged from the theater with a greater awareness of a sociocultural transformation underway…from confusion to denial, to reconciliation to who-the-****-cares-let-the-love-in…” (Bomb Magazine)

Contains adult language and frank discussion of gender and sexuality. 70 minutes, no intermission.

Artist Q&A. Wednesday, January 17. In conjunction with opening night No Safety Net performances, join us for post-performance artist Q&As to get a glimpse into the lives and minds of the artists who bring their creativity to the stage.

Saturday Night Community Dialogues. Saturday, February 3. After select Saturday night No Safety Net performances, UMS will invite a panel of community leaders, thinkers, and activists to engage with audience members around the themes of each performance. The floor will be open to panelists and audience members alike to reflect on, discuss, analyze, and respond to the performance they’ve just experienced. Panelists will be announced in January.

Buy Tickets

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:30 PM
Thursday, February 1, 2018 7:30 PM
Friday, February 2, 2018 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 3, 2018 8:00 PM // Arthur Miller Theatre
They, Themself, and Schmerm

PERFORMANCE DAY:

(FULL CALENDAR)

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Buy Tickets Or call the ticket office at 734-764-2538

* Student, Senior and Group Discounts may be available

 

 

 

 

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1/31/18 7:30 PM
2/1/18 7:30 PM
2/2/18 8:00 PM
2/3/18 8:00 PM

Arthur Miller Theatre

They, Themself, and Schmerm

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DETAILS

Part classic standup comedy special, part teen zine vomit confessional, They, Themself and Schmerm is Becca Blackwell’s disturbingly hilarious personal tale of being adopted into a Midwestern religious family, trained to be a girl, molested, and plagued by the question “How do I become a man, and do I even want that?”

This performance is part of No Safety Net. Get the No Safety Net pass now for $120. Individual tickets and student tickets will go on sale to the general public on September 25.

Inspired by a self-produced video by the late actor Corey Haim called Me, Myself and I, Becca engages in loving confrontation with the audience, detailing the tragic-comic transitions in life, family, sex, and gender while asking what it truly means to be authentic.

A New York-based trans actor, performer, and writer, Becca exists between genders and prefers the personal pronoun “they.” They performed with Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company in Untitled Feminist Show and work collaboratively with playwrights and directors to expand our sense of personhood and the body through performance. “The audience emerged from the theater with a greater awareness of a sociocultural transformation underway…from confusion to denial, to reconciliation to who-the-****-cares-let-the-love-in…” (Bomb Magazine)

Contains adult language and frank discussion of gender and sexuality. 70 minutes, no intermission.

Artist Q&A. Wednesday, January 17. In conjunction with opening night No Safety Net performances, join us for post-performance artist Q&As to get a glimpse into the lives and minds of the artists who bring their creativity to the stage.

Saturday Night Community Dialogues. Saturday, February 3. After select Saturday night No Safety Net performances, UMS will invite a panel of community leaders, thinkers, and activists to engage with audience members around the themes of each performance. The floor will be open to panelists and audience members alike to reflect on, discuss, analyze, and respond to the performance they’ve just experienced. Panelists will be announced in January.

BUY TICKETS

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:30 PM
Thursday, February 1, 2018 7:30 PM
Friday, February 2, 2018 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 3, 2018 8:00 PM, Arthur Miller Theatre
They, Themself, and Schmerm

PERFORMANCE DAY:

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PERFORMANCE TIME:

Buy Tickets

Or call the ticket office at 734-764-2538

* Student, Senior and Group Discounts may be available

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